Guy de Maupassant
The story happened some time in December at a rural community or village where most of the people are peasants. The villages are the Varville, Saint-Hilaire, and Billettes.
II. Characters and Characterization:
1. Bell (Nicholas Toussaint) – a handicapped vagabond who suffered cruelness from the merciless people around him. 2. Baroness d’Avary – an old lady who helped Bell by giving him a place to sleep and food. 3. M. Chiquet – a ruthless, brutal and unsympathetic person who owns a farm. 4. Policemen – a vicious law enforcement officer.
5. Peasants – an ill-mannered/uneducated people who lives in a rural area.
a) Exposition –
Nicholas Toussaint also known as “Bell” is a vagabond who wanders in a village where peasants live. At the age of fifteen, Bell’s legs had been cut off by a carriage and since then, he had begged. He is a stranger to education and lives all by himself. Some villagers treat him as a friend but most of them talk to him only for the sake of a laughable story. Once, the kindhearted Baroness d’Avary let him sleep in a hut next to her castle and she’s always giving him a piece of bread and a glass of cider for him to eat. But now, she was dead, so Bell was back again to his old business of wandering around the village.
b) Complication –
The villagers knew Bell too well and they were tired of him. He has been a vagabond for forty years and he can’t go anywhere else because the village is the only place that he knew. Until a day came when the peasants ask him to look for another village where he can beg. He did not answer anything because of a vague fear and then the peasants started to be mad at him. When he saw a police patrolling, he suddenly developed an agility to escape and run away to a place where no one knows. He slept anywhere, no refuge, no roof, no shelter and no sufficient food for how many days. After that incident, every time the peasants...
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